I attended this years Tech-Ed. This first post is only a handful of the pictures taken on the town and at the sessions, after vacation I will try to summarize the best of what was said and done. For now the main impression and message is that the future is in the cloud, with Office 365 and Azure, and with new mobile devices, running on Windows 8.
(Speaking of which I got a much more favorable impression of the new Surface Pro tablets, and Windows 8 laptops, than the feeling I got from my Surface RT, still “first impressions last” so I remain slightly skeptic for a while still before fully embracing all the news)
Another major news was of course the announcement of the Microsoft-Oracle partnership, allowing and supporting Oracle servers and solutions onto the MS Azure cloud. This will be really interesting to use.
I also particularly liked the second keynote (titled “Windows is the future”), really impressive display of features and functionality as well as some nice new devices.
On the way home from the sessions I took a small detour to watch the “Porta de Europa” monument. The diners didn’t open until 9 in the evening anyway so there were a few hours between conference end and the possibility to get something to eat.
Also seen every day from the bus between the hotel and the conference hall was Palacio de Comunicaciones at Plaza de Cibeles, I believe this was some town ministry house. Really nice design.
Thursday after work I was so tired I just went out and walked a bit in the peace and quiet in Parque del Retiro, the old royal park now open for the public, with its nice lakes and statues.
And, though some colleagues complained about all the photos of restaurants and other non-work related places, I actually did have to eat every day and sleep in the evenings, and I chose not to go to Burger King every day, so naturally I did catch a few nice photos of the surrounding locations.
A house with a wall of plants, from nearby the Museo Nacional de Prado
A church, also nearby the Museo Nacional de Prado
And restaurant La Pesquera, where the country gatherings were held (for Denmark, this year being the first I wasn’t there as Norwegian… :))
And last, quite surprisingly, I was able to take all of my notes using my Surface RT, using OneNote and Twitter. So it can actually be used quite ok on travel and to take small notes. As it was now it only lacked corporate email.